July awards and holidays

08th August 2015
Awards is a bit cheesy actually. It's not as if I've won a Grammy or an Oscar, or World Photographer of the Year, but it's still newsworthy (for me) :)
But I was chuffed to have 2 images awarded "Highly Commended" with The Societies in the July competitions.

I don't shoot portraits as such any more - only doing weddings as a profession - but I occasionally have a shoot idea in my head, personal projects or maybe to test out new gear... so I'll call upon people I know who will suit the shoot and ask them to "model".
Dean was one such person, and he was actually a good model... we did a shoot around the bridge by the water of Leith with his Vespa, and we got a few cracking shots.
This is the one I entered into the SWPP July comps that got a highly commended...

Dean and his Vespa

I have a few more personal projects in my book of ideas so who knows who might be featured next.

The other photo was a real life wedding shot, a quick capture of Cheryl who was quite ill on her wedding day but was fighting through it, not letting anything stop her big day. Just before we all set off to the ceremony, she asked for 2 minutes to sit down and gather herself, handing her flowers to her dad, who looked on with care... worry and love.
A very touching moment but also shows strength.
Moments like this at weddings are good to capture - usually they are more energetic and joyous, but occasionally they are more still and emotional.
You just have to be ready, reading situations and always... always anticipating what's going to happen.

Cheryl, one last moment to gather her strength before going on with the day.

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So as the title says, "holidays". We're just back from our annual holiday - Turkey this year (ooo very, very hot), and it's full on back to work.
The next few weeks are crammed with weddings and pre-shoots, with one section of August having 4 weddings in 7 days. It makes life hectic, but I love shooting weddings, and never stop developing my approach, making tiny tweaks every day.
First and foremost is wanting the couple to have the best photographic experience they can have for their big day.
All the photos they want, but while still enjoying every moment of their wedding.

Even on the sunbeds in Turkey I had my notebook beside me noting down ideas for the photo-flow of the day. Having a few days off to stop and think about it was great, as my usual week goes from planning the next wedding, whilst working on the last one and booking the next batch (into 2017 dates now)... so there's never really a chance to stop.
To stop and think what would make our service even better... so a few new ideas will be brought to the fore in the next few weeks.

There's more news to come, but that's a good enough update for now. Or I'll have nothing to tell you next week :)


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